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  • OH PRAY MY WINGS ARE GONNA FIT ME WELL. by Angelou, Maya.
    Angelou, Maya.
    OH PRAY MY WINGS ARE GONNA FIT ME WELL.

    Edition: Tall galley proof.

    New York: Random House, 1975. First edition - Uncommon example of the earliest advance issue for Angelou's fourth book- her second volume of poetry. On the cover are the words "uncorrected first proof." and inside the back cover is the stamped statement Crane Duplicating Services, Barnstable, Massachusetts. 49 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in printed red wrappers (lower corner slightly bumped)

    Book ID: 84197
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  • THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF. by Barnett, Mac, retold by; Jon Klassen, illustrator.
    Barnett, Mac, retold by; Jon Klassen, illustrator.
    THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Orchard Books/ Scholastic, (2022) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A retelling with a twist of this classic Norwegian folk tale, with wonderful full color illustrations by Jon Klassen. SIGNED on the title page by both Barnett and Klassen. Large format, unpaginated. ISBN: 978-1338673845.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 86232
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  • THE WOMAN IN BLACK (TRENT'S LAST CASE) by Bentley, Edmund Clerihew (E. C.)
    Bentley, Edmund Clerihew (E. C.)
    THE WOMAN IN BLACK (TRENT'S LAST CASE)

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: The Century Company, 1913. Hardcover first edition - A Haycraft Queen Cornerstone. Although the actual publication of this book preceded the Great War and the beginning of the Golden Age of Detective fiction, Haycraft considers this the first detective novel of the modern era ('Murder for Pleasure, p. 113) This was first accepted for publication by Century, but both the US and UK editions (under the better known title "Trent's Last Case") appeared virtually simultaneously in March 1913. Not only was this novel extremely influential, it remains a pleasure to read (or re-read) more than 100 years later. Despite the UK title, this is the first novel to feature Trent. 300 pp.

    Condition: Very good in black cloth with gilt lettering and decoration on front cover (lettering on spine rubbed), no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 86391
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  • "Dianetics" in ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION: MAY, 1950, Vol. XLV, No. 3. by Campbell, John W. Jr, editor (Poul Anderson; Miles M. Acheson; Jack Vance; A.E. Van Vogt; L. Ron Hubbard, contributors)
    Campbell, John W. Jr, editor (Poul Anderson; Miles M. Acheson; Jack Vance; A.E. Van Vogt; L. Ron Hubbard, contributors)
    "Dianetics" in ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION: MAY, 1950, Vol. XLV, No. 3.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Street & Smith, 1950. First edition - The issue which included "Dianetics: A New Science of the Mind" by L. Ron Hubbard, the first printed appearance of his theory of Dianetics - which formed the basis for Scientology. Cover art by Brush for "The Helping Hand" by Poul Anderson.162 pp.

    Condition: Good overall - usual toning to the pages, some wear to the ends of the spine, chip to lower corner of back cover, front cover bright and striking.

    Book ID: 86368
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  • DAPHNIS AND CHLOE. by Chagall, Marc, illustrator; Longus.
    Chagall, Marc, illustrator; Longus.
    DAPHNIS AND CHLOE.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: George Braziller, (1977) dj. Hardcover first edition - A work originally published in France in 1961 in a limited edition of 250 copies with 58 original lithographs by Chagall. This, the first US edition, was printed in seven colors with 'exacting fidelity to the beauty of the original lithographs.' Translated from the French by George Moore. Large folio, bound in beige linen cloth, spine lettering black. 222 pp. ISBN: 0-807608807.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket in a very good example of the uncommon publisher's plain cardboard slipcase. (the top of the spine of both the book and the dj is slightly pushed, short tears to the edge of the slipcase.) A lovely example of a beautifully produced book.

    Book ID: 86345
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  • MYSTIC WORDS OF MIGHTY POWER. by DeVoe, Walter (1874-?)
    DeVoe, Walter (1874-?)
    MYSTIC WORDS OF MIGHTY POWER.

    Edition: First edition.

    Chicago: Vita Publishing Co., (1905). Hardcover first edition - An uncommon early work by this American religious and spiritual healer. DeVoe began his ministry after being a participant in the Parliament of Religions at the Chicago Worlds Fair of 1893, where he became one of the proponents of the New Thought movement, and, at the turn of the last century, he founded the Elohist Ministry. This work focuses on the fourfold nature of man - physical, mental, spiritual and divine - with sections on The Health Culture, the Mind Culture and the Soul Culture. 213 pp plus 4 pp of publisher's ads.

    Condition: Very good in dark red cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front cover - some wear to ends of spine and corners, a few pages dogeared,

    Book ID: 86421
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  • THE WEATHER AND WOMEN TREAT ME FAIR: Stories. by Everett, Percival.
    Everett, Percival.
    THE WEATHER AND WOMEN TREAT ME FAIR: Stories.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback, not issued in hardcover.

    Little Rock: August House, (1987). First edition - His first collection of short stories - subtle, sometimes funny, always provocative. Among the 15 stories is "The Bear as Symbol" the story of a paranoid man in Arkansas who is convinced that it is a sign when a bear appears, and that the must decides he must fight a trespassing bear by wrassling him armed only with a knife, with all his neighbors watching. In the years since this book was published, Everett has received many awards - including being shortlisted for the 2022 Booker - 115 pp. Rather hard to find in the first edition.

    Condition: Fine in glossy green wrappers.

    Book ID: 86455
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  • JOURNEY. by Flexner, Eleanor.
    Flexner, Eleanor.
    JOURNEY.

    Edition: First printing in wrappers.

    Holyoke, MA: By the author, 1986. First edition - Uncommon collection of poems by this writer who was a feminist and activist best known for her landmark history on the women's rights movement in the US - "Century of Struggle" - as well as for a biography of Mary Wollstonecraft. Published late in her life, these 18 poems (in 4 sections) are a reflection of moments over the years - with the final section named "Future." In 2020, Flexner was the subject of an article in the New York Times in their series "Forgotten No More" which places her firmly in history as a pioneering feminist in an era when feminism was disregarded. This chapbook was presumably printed in…

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    Holyoke, MA: By the author, 1986. First edition - Uncommon collection of poems by this writer who was a feminist and activist best known for her landmark history on the women's rights movement in the US - "Century of Struggle" - as well as for a biography of Mary Wollstonecraft. Published late in her life, these 18 poems (in 4 sections) are a reflection of moments over the years - with the final section named "Future." In 2020, Flexner was the subject of an article in the New York Times in their series "Forgotten No More" which places her firmly in history as a pioneering feminist in an era when feminism was disregarded. This chapbook was presumably printed in only a limited number of copies: Worldcat only shows 5 holdings. Unpaginated (28 pp)

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    Condition: Very good in sky blue stapled covers with black lettering.

    Book ID: 84045
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  • SOUL BROTHA MOTHA'S. by Hummons, Marion Taylor.
    Hummons, Marion Taylor.
    SOUL BROTHA MOTHA'S.

    Edition: Chapbook - first printing.

    Chicago: DuSable Museum, (1984). First edition - A slim collection of twelve poems. Hummons was the sister of Margaret Taylor Burroughs, Chicago educator, activist, artist and one of the founders of the Du Sable Museum. 20 pp. Uncommon (only one copy located in Worldcat)

    Condition: Fine in tan illustrated stapled wrappers.

    Book ID: 86423
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  • THE SONGS OF OUR YEARS: A Study of Negro Folk Music. by Jackson, Clyde Owen (1927-2016)
    Jackson, Clyde Owen (1927-2016)
    THE SONGS OF OUR YEARS: A Study of Negro Folk Music.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Exposition Press, (1968) dj. Hardcover first edition - A survey of African-American music from the ante-bellum South to the Fisk Jubilee Singers through the 1950s. Jackson focuses mainly on the tradition of black spirituals as they lead to African-American classical composers. Jackson himself was a journalist, author, composer, community activist, and postal worker. Among other things, in 1978, he became the Galveston's first Black postmaster, where he served until 1984. While enrolled at Tuskegee University in Alabama, Jackson grew close to composer William L. Dawson, then a professor and director of the schools choir, known as the Golden Voices and later he Jackson founded Tuskegees alumni choir and served as interim director for the Golden Voices between 1992-96 and 2000-04. Bibliography. 54 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket (small chips to the dj)

    Book ID: 86422
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  • CORREGIDORA. by Jones, Gayl.
    Jones, Gayl.
    CORREGIDORA.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (1974) dj. Hardcover first edition - African American author's powerful first book, the story of a blues singer trying to come to terms with her womanhood, her family's past and the legacy of slavery. James Baldwin called it "the most brutally honest and painful revelation of what has occurred and is occurring in the souls of Black men and women ... it dares to confront the absolute terror which lives at the heart of love." Toni Morrison was Jones's editor on these early books. 185 pp. ISBN: 0-394-493230.

    Condition: Very good in a near fine dustjacket - a former library copy, but the endpapers have been professionally replaced and the only marking is an inconspicuous embossed seal on the title page. Dust jacket is price-clipped, with a very short closed tear to bottom edge of rear cover. Overall an attractive copy of a scarce and important first edition at a reasonable price.

    Book ID: 86436
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  • THE RED FAIRY BOOK. by Lang, Andrew, editor; Gustaf Tenggren (1896-1970), illustrator.
    Lang, Andrew, editor; Gustaf Tenggren (1896-1970), illustrator.
    THE RED FAIRY BOOK.

    Edition: First edition.

    Philadelphia: David McKay Company, (1924) dj. Hardcover first edition - The second of the color fairy books compiled by Lang, originally published in 1891, consisting of translations and adaptations from their Norwegian, French, German and Russian originals - some well known like Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel, and others like Princess Mayblossom less so. This edition is beautifully illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren with eight color plates, an illustrated title page, illustrated endpapers and a plate on the cover. An early and uncommon Tenggren illustrated book, and scarce in this condition and in dustjacket. Red tinting to top edge. 285 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in red cloth with plate on front cover, gilt lettering on spine (bookplate) in a near fine dustjacket with a bit of wear to the edges, and the ends of the spine.

    Book ID: 86434
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  • HIROSHIMA NO PIKA. by Maruki, Toshi (1912-2000)
    Maruki, Toshi (1912-2000)
    HIROSHIMA NO PIKA.

    Edition: 3rd printing.

    New York: Lothrup, Lee & Shepherd, (1980) dj. SIGNED hardcover - The story of the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima and its aftermath told from the viewpoint of a seven-year old girl who fled their burning home with her mother and injured father. INSCRIBED and dated in 1988 by the author/artist on the front endpaper with her signature drawing of a peace dove with a mother and child nestled in the belly. Since the end of World War II, the author and her husband have campaigned for nuclear disarmament and world peace. In her comments at the end of the book, Maruki commented how difficult it was to create this book - "to tell young people about something…

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    New York: Lothrup, Lee & Shepherd, (1980) dj. SIGNED hardcover - The story of the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima and its aftermath told from the viewpoint of a seven-year old girl who fled their burning home with her mother and injured father. INSCRIBED and dated in 1988 by the author/artist on the front endpaper with her signature drawing of a peace dove with a mother and child nestled in the belly. Since the end of World War II, the author and her husband have campaigned for nuclear disarmament and world peace. In her comments at the end of the book, Maruki commented how difficult it was to create this book - "to tell young people about something very bad that happened in the hope that their knowing will help keep it from happening again." Awarded the annual Ehon Nippon Prize as the best illustrated book of Japan, the Jane Adams Peace award, a Horn Book Honor award and more. Large square format,unpaginated, illustrated in full color throughout. ISBN: 0-688012973.

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    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated boards in a very good dust jacket (some edgewear to the dj, creasing to the flaps)

    Book ID: 86178
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  • EBONY DUST. by moore, bai t. (Bai Tamia Johnson Moore 1916-1988)
    moore, bai t. (Bai Tamia Johnson Moore 1916-1988)
    EBONY DUST.

    Edition: First or early printing.

    [Monrovia, Liberia]: By the author? [1962]. SIGNED first edition - The first poetry collection by this noted Liberian author. Introduction by Rosina Robinson who comments that "Bai is one of the few African writers who is exploiting the great reservoir of native African folklore to create a new poetic form. . [He] has succeeded in capturing the rhythm and beat of Gola songs and translated them into poetry." Divided in to 3 sections - African Scenes, American Scenes (where Moore was educated and traveled extensively) and Various Scenes, which arose from his other travels. A unique copy INSCRIBED by Moore on the title page and dated at Monrovia in 1970. Footnotes, illustrated with drawings. Reprinted many times, this is…

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    [Monrovia, Liberia]: By the author? [1962]. SIGNED first edition - The first poetry collection by this noted Liberian author. Introduction by Rosina Robinson who comments that "Bai is one of the few African writers who is exploiting the great reservoir of native African folklore to create a new poetic form. . [He] has succeeded in capturing the rhythm and beat of Gola songs and translated them into poetry." Divided in to 3 sections - African Scenes, American Scenes (where Moore was educated and traveled extensively) and Various Scenes, which arose from his other travels. A unique copy INSCRIBED by Moore on the title page and dated at Monrovia in 1970. Footnotes, illustrated with drawings. Reprinted many times, this is quite scarce in any edition - but especially so in a first or very early printing like this copy, with no date or other publication information. 111 pp.

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    Condition: Very good overall in illustrated, stapled black wrappers (stain inside front cover and affecting the title page and several other pages - thru the table of contents)

    Book ID: 86426
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  • JUST BETWEEN US BLACKS. by Rowan, Carl T.
    Rowan, Carl T.
    JUST BETWEEN US BLACKS.

    Edition: Tall galley proof.

    New York: Random House, (1974.). First edition - Uncommon example of the earliest advance issue for this collection of essays and speeches by this noted journalist on many aspects of surviving as a Black person in the US - includes comments on education, crime, drug addiction, welfare, black pride and more. On the cover are the words "uncorrected first proof" with the issue price and date handwritten. Laid in a mimeographed notice from the publisher. 157 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in printed red wrappers (lower corner slightly bumped)

    Book ID: 84198
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  • NATIVE GUARD: Poems by Trethewey, Natasha.
    Trethewey, Natasha.
    NATIVE GUARD: Poems

    Edition: First thus.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, (2007) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - An attractive new edition of the author's Pulitzer prize winning collection of poems, poems which bring together two strands of the racial legacies of the South - many are a tribute to her mother, whose marriage to a white man in the 1960s was illegal in her native Missippippi and other poems which are a tribute to the role of the black regiment, the Lousiana Native Guards, during the Civil War. SIGNED on the title page. This edition includes a cd of the poems read by the author. In addition to her many other awards, in 2012, Trethewey was named US poet laureate. Notes. Event program laid in. 49 pp. ISBN: 0-547-05548X.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.) CD pocket is still unopened.

    Book ID: 86389
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  • NATIVE GUARD: Poems by Trethewey, Natasha.
    Trethewey, Natasha.
    NATIVE GUARD: Poems

    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, (2006.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The very uncommon true hardcover first edition of this Pulitzer prize winning collection of poems, poems which bring together two strands of the racial legacies of the South - many are a tribute to her mother, whose marriage to a white man in the 1960s was illegal in her native Missippippi and other poems which are a tribute to the role of the black regiment, the Lousiana Native Guards, during the Civil War. In addition to her many other awards, in 2012, Trethewey was named US poet laureate. SIGNED on the title page. Notes. Event program laid in. 49 pp. ISBN: 0-618-604634.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 86390
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  • REPRODUCTION. by Williams, Ian.
    Williams, Ian.
    REPRODUCTION.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof for the first US edition, issued as a trade paperback.

    New York: Europa, 2020. SIGNED first edition - The first novel by this award-winning Afro-Canadian poet and short story writer, the winner of the 2019 Giller Prize. Spanning three decades from the 1980s and set in the racially and economically diverse and cultural vibrant Toronto neighborhood of Brampton, it has been described as a "story in which love takes strange, winding paths and grows in a context shaped by community, family, longstanding friendships, and fleeting interactions that leave their mark on us forever. Felicia, a nineteen-year-old student from a West Indian family, and Edgar, the lazy-minded and impetuous heir of a wealthy German family, meet by chance when their ailing mothers are assigned the same hospital room. After the…

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    New York: Europa, 2020. SIGNED first edition - The first novel by this award-winning Afro-Canadian poet and short story writer, the winner of the 2019 Giller Prize. Spanning three decades from the 1980s and set in the racially and economically diverse and cultural vibrant Toronto neighborhood of Brampton, it has been described as a "story in which love takes strange, winding paths and grows in a context shaped by community, family, longstanding friendships, and fleeting interactions that leave their mark on us forever. Felicia, a nineteen-year-old student from a West Indian family, and Edgar, the lazy-minded and impetuous heir of a wealthy German family, meet by chance when their ailing mothers are assigned the same hospital room. After the death of Felicia's mother and the recovery of Edgar's, Felicia drops out of high-school and takes a job as caregiver to Edgars mother. The odd-couple relationship between Edgar and Felicia, ripe with miscommunications, misunderstandings, and reprisals for perceived and real offenses, has some unexpected results." SIGNED by author on the title page and dated in 2019 - that is, before publication in the US. An uncommon proof with an equally uncommon signature. 562 pp.

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    Condition: Fine in printed blue wrapppers.

    Book ID: 84207
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